Sri Lanka takes 1-0 lead in T20I series

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David Warner’s unbeaten 90 went in vain as Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Shot-making was not easy on the drop-in pitch at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium but Warner blasted an unbeaten 62-ball 90 in a brilliant display of controlled aggression to power Australia to 137 for three wickets. Kushal Perera (33) and captain Angelo Mathews (35 not out) shone with the bat for Sri Lanka before Thisara Perera (19 not out) clobbered back-to-back sixes to see the visitors home with seven balls to spare. Melbourne hosts the second and final match on Monday. Australia were reeling at 53-3 in nine overs after opting to… Read More →

Hughes century helps Australia to level series

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Phil Hughes returned to form with a century before Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques took three wickets each to lead Australia to a series-levelling 32-run win over Sri Lanka in the final one-day cricket international on Wednesday. Hughes struck 138 not out at Bellerive Oval but Sri Lanka were on course to overhaul Australia’s 247-5 until Doherty exploited spin-friendly conditions to dismiss three of the tourists’ top four batsmen. Pressure from Doherty reduced Sri Lanka from 50-0 at the 10-over mark to 85-4 from 25 and the tourists never fully recovered, stumbling to 215 all out and a 2-2 draw in the five-match series. Australia still have batting concerns despite Hughes’s second ton of the series, with David Hussey’s 34… Read More →

Sydney ODI abandoned due to rain, wet outfield

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Rain and a wet outfield brought a premature end to the fourth one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka on Sunday but not before the hosts’ batting frailties had been exposed again. Bowled out for 74 runs inside 27 overs in Friday’s match at Brisbane, Australia wobbled again before reaching 222-9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mitchell Starc hit a career-best 52 not out off 37 balls from number nine as Australia had to rally from 130-6 and Sri Lanka were 14 for no wicket from 3.2 overs before rain forced the umpires to take the players off. The match was abandoned two hours later because of a wet outfield, leaving the home side unable to win the five-match series…. Read More →

Kulasekara sparks Sri Lanka ODI victory

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Sri Lanka laboured to a four-wicket victory after right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara destroyed Australia with a fine display of swing bowling in the third one-day international in Brisbane on Friday. Australia’s top and middle order batsmen capitulated before Kulasekara’s inswing while Lasith Malinga (3-22) polished off the tail to bowl out the hosts for 74 in 26.4 overs. The win, though not as convincing as it should have been, puts Sri Lanka 2-1 up in the five-match series. Sydney hosts the fourth one-dayer on Sunday. For Australia, only Mitchell Starc (22 not out) and Xavier Doherty (15) managed double digits, adding 34 runs for the last wicket to take the home side past their lowest ODI total ever. On a… Read More →

Thirimanne stars in Sri Lanka win

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Lahiru Thirimanne struck his first one-day century as Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series against Australia with a convincing eight-wicket win on Sunday. Sri Lanka put the hosts in to bat after rain delayed the start at the Adelaide Oval and the bowlers capitalised on cloud cover and moisture in the pitch to restrict Australia to 170 all out from 46.5 overs. The tourists’ reply started poorly when Upal Thuranga was caught behind off Clint McKay without scoring but Thirimanne (102 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) dug in to help Sri Lanka reach 172-2 with almost 10 overs remaining. The series is level at 1-1 after two of the five matches, with the teams next meeting in Brisbane on… Read More →

Australia sealed a five-wicket win

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Michael Hussey ended his test career on a high when Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets with a day to spare in the third test on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0. The 37-year-old was deprived of the fairytale ending when his batting partner Mitchell Johnson scored the winning runs but Hussey, ever the team man, was not remotely concerned. “What a place to finish,” he said after being applauded off the pitch by both teams. “I couldn’t be happier. It was nice to be out there in the end. This has to be one of my top three favourite grounds in the world.” Australia, chasing 141 runs for a series sweep, lost three wickets in quick succession just… Read More →